This is a final reminder to register for the 2002 Illinois Crop Protection Technology Conference to be held at the Illini Union on the University of Illinois campus on January 8 and 9. As many of you are aware, we changed the format of the program in 2001, and the new format will be featured again in 2002keynote session on Tuesday morning, followed by two symposia and five seminars conducted concurrently on Tuesday afternoon, Wednesday morning, and Wednesday afternoon. The topics of the symposia and seminars change every half day. Highlights of the program include the following:|
· Keynote sessionThe Future of Agriculture, with presentations that focus on transgenic technology (Leonard Gianessi), globalization (Steven Sonka), the Farm Bill (Mary Kirtley Waters), and government payments (Neil Conklin)
· Six symposia (four presentations within each symposium)
o Plant Diseases
o New Innovations in Weed Science
o Insects of 2001
o Regulatory Issues
o Soil and Water
· Fifteen seminars (smaller group settings)
o Insect vectors of plant pathogens
o Soil and herbicide interactions
o Drainage management for water quality and crop- production benefits
o Biotechnology-driven seed issues
o Digital imaging
o Soybean diseases in Illinois identification, biology, management
o Phytophthora diseases of Illinois crops
o Soil health
o Changes in the weed spec- trum
o Using herbicide mode of action to improve crop diagnostic skills
o Grape colaspis
o New directions in scouting for soybean cyst nematodes
o Herbicide-resistant pigweeds
o Herbicide formulations and calculations
o Western corn rootworms results of field and laboratory research efforts
The presentations will be given by a mixture of experts from the University of Illinois, Southern Illinois University, Purdue University, Michigan State University, University of Wisconsin, University of Kentucky, University of Minnesota, Kansas State University, Iowa State University, USDA, Illinois Department of Agriculture, Illinois EPA, agricultural companies, and nationally recognized organizations. CCA credits for the different sessions range from 0.5 to 1.5 in either crop production, pest management, or soil and water management. By attending the keynote session and a combination of symposia and seminars, you can earn from 7.7 to 9.5 CCA credits in areas you may need or want the most.
By now, many of you have received registration information through the mail. The program pamphlet has been printed and distributed to 3,000 or more people, so hopefully, the word is on the street. With this article, we hope to spread the word to an even wider audience.
For your convenience, we are providing a preregistration form in this issue of the Bulletin. In addition to mailing in the completed form, you can register by:
· calling Conferences and Institutes at (217) 333-2881,
· faxing this form to Conferences and Institutes at (217) 333-9561, or
· going on-line at http://nautilus.outreach.uiuc.edu/conted/conference.asp?ID=209.
Thus far, many folks have preregistered for the conference, and we hope the trend continues. We want to see as many people as the Illini Union will hold in January.
With the 2002 Illinois Crop Protection Technology Conference, we intend to kick-start discussions about crop protection in 2002. Please plan to attend, and don't hesitate to invite people who may not have attended in the past. We welcome both repeat and new participants every year.
We look forward to seeing you on January 8 and 9, 2002.--Kevin Steffey